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Maya and Arnold: Exterior Lighting and Rendering

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Learn Arnold rendering in Maya for architectural exteriors. Instructor George Maestri shows how to set up, light, render, and composite shots for daytime and nighttime.


  • Create realistic exterior renderings in Maya
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Setting Up the Scene and Environment
  • Scene overview
  • Setting up Arnold
  • Preliminary camera placement
2. Lighting for Daytime
  • Setting up environmental lighting
  • Adding sunlight
  • Auxilliary lights
  • Interior lighting
  • Adjust lighting in the Light Editor
3. Daytime Rendering
  • Rendering a hero pass
  • Ambient occlusion pass
  • Shadow and matte pass
  • Reflection pass
  • Creating a selection pass
  • Final rendering
4. Compositing a Daytime Shot
  • Setting up a Photoshop composite
  • Adjusting shadow and occlusion
  • Adding reflections
  • Additional compositing tweaks
  • Final output
5. Lighting for Night
  • Moving lights from day to night
  • Adjusting interior lighting
  • Adding ceiling lights
  • Adding architectural lights
  • Additional lighting
  • Finalizing lights
6. Night Rendering and Compositing
  • Rendering final scene
  • Setting up the composite
  • Adjusting light and shadow
  • Adjusting reflections
  • Adjusting the water
  • Final output
  • Final thoughts

Taught by

George Maestri


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